Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive, recently announced the winners of the first Monroe County Stop DWI High School Radio Contest.
This contest invited local high school students to create 30-second public service announcements about the dangers of drunk driving. Dinolfo was joined at the awards ceremony by Peggy Duffy, Stop DWI coordinator, and local high school students.
“In our media-focused world, the Stop DWI radio contest provides creative opportunity for students to help lead the fight against impaired driving,” Dinolfo said. “The students who participated in this contest impressed not only their teachers and classmates, but our entire community by thoughtfully and creatively shining a light the lasting effects of impaired driving. I thank all of the participants, and congratulate our talented winners.”
The first-place winner received $400, the second-place team took home $200 and the third-place team won $100. All three entries will broadcast during the Stop DWI Labor Day Crackdown on Aug. 17-Sept. 3.
“We are appreciative of all those who help us to spread the message of the importance of driving safe and sober, not only during the summer holiday and vacation season but every single time a driver gets behind the wheel,” Sheriff Todd Baxter said. “We are especially grateful for our high schoolers’ perspective and involvement through their creative and inspiring, award-winning messaging. Thank you for sharing your talents with our community, and more importantly for impressing upon your peers how critical it is to drive safely and responsibly. Congratulations to all of the participants and winners of the Stop DWI High School Radio Contest. You’ve made us all proud.”
The 2018 Stop DWI radio contest winners all go to Gates Chili High School — Maya Blackwell, Zionah Campbell and Kynesha Milwood, first place; Connor Hamilton and Brittany Hargrove, second place; and Amanda Andorka, Jessica Donath and Azizi Sarkis, third place.
The judging committee examined 20 entries from local high school students. Each entry was judged on originality, messaging and public safety appeal.
“Congratulations to the student winners of the Stop DWI radio contest,” said Sandra Doorley, district attorney. “We are currently in the 100 deadliest days in which drinking and driving horrifically affects the community in which we live. The act of drinking and driving is simply unacceptable, and these students articulately illustrated the issues and effects surrounding the problems we continue to face as people irresponsibly and with no regard for others get behind the wheel under the influence.”
The panel of judges for this year’s contest included Virginia Verhagen, principal central police services administrator; Tina Verno Stevens, environmental educator, Monroe County Office of Traffic Safety; and Duffy.